Charlie Nguyen Kim is a renowned French composer who lives in New York. 

Mixing American and French touch, mixing Electronic and Orchestra, Charlie Nguyen Kim is one of the most talented and creative musicians you may have never heard of. This award-winning, soft-spoken artist confidently drops beats for his projects but let’s drop a few names in your lap. He works with Luc Besson, the renowned French film director, screenwriter and producer of such popular American films like The Transporter, Taken and Lucy, in designing soundtracks for his company, Europacorp. As an electronic music producer (KIMOTION), number one in French Charts, he performed with the Biggest Dj’s of the world (David Guetta, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Martin Garrix, House Mafia, Robin Schulz and Don Diablo…)

Born and raised in France, Charlie Nguyen Kim was given his first set of drums at age three. At age seven, he was given a guitar and was soon accepted into the highly prestigious National Conservatory of Music in France. Labeled a prodigy at age eight, his destiny had already begun to take flight. Growing up in Clermont Ferrand, Charlie Nguyen Kim had playtime but it was not like most children his age. His came in the form of hours of music played at school and then later at home with his parents. While his father had no formal training, he began to create the soundtrack that

would shape his future: classical, folk, rock, punk rock and rap. He formed the band Butterfly, his first real foray into the punk rock scene, with his brother Andy.

At age 24, he moved to Paris because he needed to make his own way and continue to grow. In honing his craft, he was able to land opportunities with the main television channels in France creating music for shows and commercials. His notoriety exploded and Louis Vuitton hired him to become their sole composer for all their campaigns. Soon Tag Heuer followed suit and by then he was flying on everyone’s radar including France’s most successful man in film, Luc Besson of Europacorp. Europacorp is the major film production company in the country so it only made sense that in wanting to continue to be the best, they had to work with the best. Besson gave Nguyen Kim his first opening in film and the two have collaborated on such French films as, Taxi, Banlieue 13 Ultimatum, Commis D’office, Intersections…

Charlie Nguyen Kim has truly created his own butterfly effect. He is an unexplained phenomena often whispered about but never understood. From France to the United States, he is about to orchestrate a typhoon of symphonic chaos leading us to believe the myth is real and he is ready for another masterpiece metamorphosis.

by Sean Kehoe

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